Las Vegas Mass Shooting: Thoughts on the Tragedy From a Teacher & Mother by Nicole DeAvilla
What do you do, what do you say to your kids, when there is yet another shooting, another tragedy? I woke up this morning to the news of the Las Vegas shooting. Then I saw this beautiful Facebook post from middle school teacher and author, Melissa Deever Stephens:
“Today kicks off our Be the Change Week at school. When I awoke to the news of Vegas, I was swallowed by sadness and fear: fear that my Vegas or AZ friends were there, fear that some of my students' parents could be there, fear for our country and world. I said to my husband, ‘How can I talk to the kids at school today about being the Change when we wake up to this? How can I stand there and not sob for the world?’ And he said, ‘This is exactly why you need this week. Because who knows what a simple act of kindness can do to change someone's life from anger to feeling loved. To possibly preventing someone from doing this in the future.’ And he is right. So right. I will hold each of my kids tightly today and continue to teach about service, kindness and love. I will not walk in fear but go forth in love.”
Let’s all go forth in love, hold our kids tightly and continue to teach by our example and words about service, kindness and love.